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Wikipedia in several countries went offline following massive DDoS assault


Wikipedia the widely-accessed reference website was off the air within a number of countries following a malicious cyber attack that hit it. The site contains human knowledge of the largest scale on earth while ranks seven among the most widely accessed sites globally, receiving visits from over a billion machines each month.


The Wikimedia Foundation central system that hosts Wikipedia encountered one massive DDoS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) assault, according to the German node of the organization within a tweet dated September 6. Elsewhere, Wikimedia Foundation stated the assault, which struck the encyclopedia, is still going on while the Site Reliability Engineering team is steadfastly engaged towards halting it as also regaining functionality of the website.


It seems the assault began sooner than 7pm BST, September 6, 2019 while it lasted way into the weekend, and the countries affected have been Italy, Germany, France, U.K, Poland, The Netherlands and certain regions of the ME.


DDoS assaults happen when servers get requests in numbers more than they can handle. As a result, the servers' normal functioning is disrupted leading to slow pace of performance, else making the servers eventually unable in functioning at all. These assaults can originate from any number of threat actors that can range from countries to particular cyber-criminals and hacktivists.


According to senior vice-president Terry Ray at Imperva the DDoS-mitigation specialist and cyber-security giant, where he's also fellow, DDoS assaults work from numerous different motivations; however, the most common ones include religious, ethical or political motives; notoriety; competitive actions; extortion; else to serve like one smoke screen when any additional concurrent cyber assault is set to take place. www.forbes.com posted this, September 8, 2019.


Wikipedia being a highly popular website in the world at times attracts ill intended entities. Together with the remaining web, the site runs within a more-and-more advanced as also complex environment.


Condemning the kind of assaults, Wikimedia stated they were simply not regarding Wikipedia going offline. Disruptive assaults adversely impacted everybody's fundamental rights towards unhindered sharing of information and access to online materials. Further the Wikimedia Foundation was committed towards safeguarding those rights for everybody.


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